Gregory Tyree Boyce is dead at age 30. He was best known to the moviegoing public for his pivotal role in the first Twilight movie back in 2008. In it he played Tyler Crowley, one of the kids at Bella’s Forks High School. You’ll remember it was Tyler who hit Bella with his car.
Tragically, both Boyce and his girlfriend Natalie Adepoju were found dead in their Las Vegas condo. Cause of death for the couple has yet to be disclosed by the Las Vegas Medical Examiners office.
Gregory Tyree Boyce hadn’t really acted since his appearance in the first Twilight movie. He appeared in one video short back in 2018, but that’s it. According to E!, though he’d moved to Las Vegas to help care for his mother, he still regularly commuted to Las Angeles to apply for acting jobs and to visit his daughter.
Fred Willard Dies Of Natural Causes – May 15, 2020
On Friday May 15, 2020 we lost the kind, gentle, and hilarious spirit of legendary comedic actor Fred Willard. He was 86-years-old and according to his family, Fred died of natural causes.
Strangely enough there’s actually some confusion over his birthdate. Some sources say he was born in 1933 and others say he was born in 1939. So it’s possible that he may have been only 80, however 86 seems more likely. Birthday confusion amongst people born in that era isn’t as strange as it seems, record keeping wasn’t quite up to par in the thirties and with the Great Depression and World War II in full swing, things like that tended to get lost in the shuffle.
What matters is the lives Fred Willard touched by bringing joy to millions with his trademark deadpan humor. No one did deadpan better than Fred Willard and I suspect no one ever will. Willard worked right up to the end on making people laugh. He’ll appear in the upcoming Netflix comedy series Space Force, with Steve Carell.
Fred Willard is probably best known for his work playing a play by play announcer in the mockumentary Best In Show. He made numerous movies with Best In Show director Christopher Guest, including This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind. But he appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows throughout his long career.
This was Fred’s last post on Social Media…
And just a few days before that Fred Willard was hard at work promoting his new show…
Legendary Comedian Jerry Stiller Dead, Seinfeld Fans Join Family In Mourning – May 11, 2020
Sad news out of Hollywood as beloved comedian Jerry Stiller has passed away at the age of 92 from natural causes. The news of Stiller’s passing came from his son, actor/director/producer Ben Stiller, who tweeted out this touching post…
Jerry Stiller had a most remarkable career that lasted more than 60 years. It all seemed to jump when he met his future wife, Anne Meara, in 1953. They married that same year. Together they formed the Stiller & Meara comedy duo that appeared together numerous times to include 36 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.
In his early acting career, Stiller could be seen in many TV shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. He would appear in shows such as The Paul Lynde Show, Love, American Style, Joe and Sons, Phyllis, and Rhoda. During this time, though, he didn’t only appear on TV. Still also appeared in movies such as Airport 1975 and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
The ‘80s saw more of the same for Jerry Stiller. He was a reliable actor, as evidenced by the myriad of parts he played throughout the decade. He was seen on numerous TV shows which included Archie Bunker’s Place, The Love Boat, Trapper John, M.D., The Equalizer, and Tales from the Darkside. In 1986, he and Meara teamed up for their own show, The Stiller & Meara Show. 1987 saw Stiller team up for the first time with his son Ben in the movie Hot Pursuit. In it they played father and son burglars.
Jerry Stiller’s career continued as such for the rest of the ‘80s and into the ‘90s. He was seen in various TV shows but it wasn’t until 1993 that he truly began to jump into the spotlight. That is when Seinfeld called.
Stiller recalled, during a 2005 interview with Esquire, that he was not the first choice to portray Jason Alexander’s (George Costanza) father Frank. In fact, he was out of work when he went for the part. “My manager had retired,” he said in the interview. “I was close to 70 years old and had nowhere to go.”
When Jerry Stiller first played Frank, he was told to be the complete opposite to Estelle Harris, his wife on the show. She was an overbearing wife/mother who had a tendency to raise her voice. So at first he was quiet and non-reactive to Estelle’s screaming. But the character wasn’t working for him, so he suggested he portray Frank over-the-top with the ability to match Estelle scream for scream. Comedy gold. In 1997, Stiller earned an Emmy nomination for his part as Frank Costanza.
As Seinfeld ended, Stiller was just getting started. He moved on from one over-the-top pop to another as he landed a similar role in the Kevin James sitcom, King Of Queens. He held this role for the duration of the sitcom which lasted 9 seasons.
During that time, and throughout the rest of his career, Stiller continued to act in both TV and movies. He took more and more roles with his son Ben, which included Heavyweights, Zoolander and its sequel Zoolander 2, and The Heartbreak Kid. Stiller also penned an autobiography “Married to Laughter” in which he talks about his marriage to his soul mate, Anne.
This is a sad day for Hollywood and the Stiller family but also touching to know that Stiller & Meara are together again. Our condolences.